LAFAYETTE — Applying pressure put the Teurlings Catholic boys soccer squad in a prime position Wednesday night.
The Rebels scored five times in the first half in a 8-0 victory over Carencro at Teurlings.
“Our movement off the ball was good,” Teurlings coach Jonathan Walsh said. “We haven’t done quite enough of that, but (Wednesday night) we created more gaps that we were able to exploit.”
Brayden Blanchard provided three of those first-half goals. He scored the opening goal with 33 minutes remaining in the first half by following up a shot. A few minutes later, another follow-up by Blanchard made it 2-0.
“Our midfielders were really good on the ball,” Walsh said. “We were able to protect the ball, keep it and dictate what happened. Our midfielders really drove at the defense and put them under pressure. Brant Hanks did a lot of good things on the ball that didn’t show up in the score sheet.”
Jacques Manuel increased Teurlings’ lead to 3-0 before the Bears nearly closed the gap with a solid opportunity on a free kick. Gavin Stelly sent the ball high toward the Rebels goal, but his shot glanced off the crossbar.
“We did some good things, but we are young,” Carencro coach Mike Woodall said. “Sometimes when young players try not to make mistakes, they try a little too hard.”
Teurlings scored on a penalty shot with just under 16 minutes left in the half when Jonathan Ratcliff tallied the Rebels’ fourth goal. Blanchard wrapped up the first-half scoring when a pair of Rebel passes freed him up for another goal.
“Our strikers created shots and then fortunately for us our midfielders did a good job of following up and tapping home a few goals.”
Trey Menuet scored the Rebels’ first goal of the second half on a header off a corner kick. Menuet’s presence provided a boost for the Rebels.
“We wanted to get Trey limited minutes because he is coming back from a ACL tear,” Walsh said.
Gannon Olivier sent a shot from right to left that curled inside the left post for the seventh Teurlings goal before Manuel closed out the game on a mercy rule in the second half.
Teurlings improved to 3-9-2 while Carencro dropped to 2-7-1.